DeWALT recalls framing saws Cutting blade guard could fail on 25,000 sold this year

Consumer safety

November 28, 1998|By William Patalon III | William Patalon III,SUN STAFF

The DeWALT Industrial Tool Co. of Hampstead, a subsidiary of Black & Decker Corp., is recalling about 25,000 framing saws because of a faulty cutting-blade guard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said this week.

The problem is that the lower blade guard on the saw can fail to fully close during use, leaving the blade exposed and presenting a risk of serious cuts to the user, the commission said.

DeWALT has said that it is aware of 15 incidents in which the guard failed to close, with eight reports of lacerations and three cases in which stitches were required, according to the Washington-based safety commission.

The DeWALT 7 1/4 -inch framing saws have the model number DW37G, which is on a black nameplate on the saw's side. The saws also have date codes 9813F through 9820F on the bottom of the saw below the power cord.

Saws with date codes ending with "X" have been repaired, the commission said.

Home centers and hardware stores sold the saws nationwide from May through September for $149 to $175 each.

Consumers who have the saws are advised to stop using them and take them for free service to a DeWALT/Black & Decker service center.

To find the nearest service center, consumers can use the toll-free DeWALT customer service number, 888-839-3559.

DeWALT, a line easily identifiable by its trademark black-and-bright-yellow color scheme, has been a huge success story for the Towson-based Black & Decker.

The company has won kudos from trade journals for the line of premium industrial tools for their durability and for the broad product line.

To sell them, Black & Decker created a highly trained sales force that focuses on big chains such as Home Depot, where the DeWALT sales representatives often hold demonstrations for consumers.

Black & Decker tools, also well-known, tend to be viewed more as tools for do-it-yourself consumers than for professional builders or mechanics.

The DeWALT line broadened Black & Decker's market reach. Sales of DeWALT tools since 1992, when Black & Decker began a concerted marketing effort, have grown to about $1 billion a year, insiders at the company have said.

Pub Date: 11/28/98

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